From Uncle Ben’s wheels in ”Spider-Man” (a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 that Sam Raimi has used in many of his films) to the cute car of the moment, the Mini Cooper, it’s been a great summer for movie cars. Here’s a roundup of the best of the season’s rides – and whether you too can ride wit it.
‘MEN IN BLACK II’
MAKE/MODEL 2003 ”New Hotness” Mercedes-Benz E500
COOLEST TRICK An autopilot lives in the airbag.
NEATEST ACCESSORY Talking/singing/suit-wearing pug Frank
CINEMATIC COUSIN The remote-controlled BMW 750iL in Tomorrow Never Dies
CAN WE BUY IT? Yes, available this month; $50,000 range
FUN FACT Five yards of leather were flown in from Sindelfingen, Germany, for Frank the pug’s booster seat.
[MAKE/MODEL] 2054 ”Lexus Off System Sports Car”
[COOLEST TRICK] Assembles itself around escaping hero
[NEATEST ACCESSORY] Cruise control and Cruise at the controls
[CINEMATIC COUSIN] The Tron lightcycle
[CAN WE BUY IT?] Maybe in 52 years. For now, sharperimage. com has a snazzy lil’ model ($24.95).
[FUN FACT] The film’s one roadworthy mock-up is electric, but it can still hit 90 mph.
‘AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER’
[MAKE/MODEL] 2002 BMW Mini Cooper
[COOLEST TRICK] Turns into a groovy submarine, baby
[NEATEST ACCESSORY] Two-time Oscar winner (Michael Caine)
[CINEMATIC COUSIN] Bond’s submarine wheels in The Spy Who Loved Me
[CAN WE BUY IT?] Yes, in 10 colors; retails for $16,850- $28,000 (there’s a waiting list).
[FUN FACT] A roof design incorporating the Union Jack is available.
‘THE BOURNE IDENTITY’
[MAKE/MODEL] 1970 BMW Mini Cooper
[COOLEST TRICK] Zips down an outdoor Parisian staircase
[NEATEST ACCESSORY] A Lola who isn’t running (Franka Potente)
[CINEMATIC COUSIN] Herbie the Love Bug
[CAN WE BUY IT?] Bourne producers paid $2,000-$4,000 each for the eight cars used in the film.
[FUN FACT] The Mini Cooper is to Britain what the Bug is to America.
[MAKE/MODEL] 1967 Pontiac GTO
[COOLEST TRICK] Exploding roof, through which Vin Diesel parachutes
[NEATEST ACCESSORY] Headlight missiles
[CINEMATIC COUSIN] The ejector-seat-equipped Aston Martin from Goldfinger
[CAN WE BUY IT?] A used ‘67 can run up to $40,000.
[FUN FACT] The 2004 GTO (around $35,000) will be the first GTO since 1974.